Community invited as WSU Tri-Cities celebrates 25th birthday Sept. 22-27

Washington State University Tri-Cities' birthday is coming up, and everyone is invited to the party.

The Richland campus will have a week's worth of activities from Sept. 22-27 as students, faculty and the Tri-City community celebrate the university's beginnings and future.

"In addition to celebrating 25 years of regional economic development through research and education, we view this celebration as a pivotal opportunity to expand our role as a university and build stronger bridges," said Marisela Garza, development coordinator for the WSU Tri-Cities' office of regional development and advancement.

All of the events for the week will be on the campus next to Hanford High School and the Tri-Cities Research District, a release said. They include lectures, a Coug jubilee which will have family-friendly activities, unveiling of a WSU Tri-Cities historical timeline and Night with the Arts, which will have local bands and artists.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Classes started Aug. 25 on the campus, which began offering upper division and graduate level courses in 1989. The university became a full four-year institution in 2007 when freshmen and sophomores were accepted. The campus' newest building, the WSU Wine Science Center, is under construction.

Enrollment peaked a few years ago at about 1,500 students and declined the past few years, though the school accepted its largest freshman class last year at 135 students. Administrators have said this year's freshman class could surpass that record.

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